Jen Spindel

Assistant Professor & Program Director International Affairs
Phone: (603) 862-3356
Office: UNH Political Science, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824

Jennifer Spindel is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on international security, foreign policy, alliances, and civil-military relations, and she is interested in how political actors signal their intentions and beliefs. Her current book project argues that states use arms transfers to send signals about their political alignment, even when the weapon does not affect the balance of power. The book draws on fieldwork she conducted at international weapons exhibitions, as well as documents she collected from U.S. national and presidential archives.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Colgate University

Research Interests

  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations/Diplomacy
  • International Security
  • Military Tactics/Combat
  • Nuclear Warfare

Courses Taught

  • IA 501: Global Issues Intrntnl Affairs
  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • POLT 562: Strategy&Natl Security Policy
  • POLT 568: International Security
  • POLT 592: Selected Topics Intl Politics
  • POLT 696: Independent Study
  • POLT 797E/897E: Seminar/Technology & War

Selected Publications

Spindel, J. (2023). CHAPTER 16. TRUMP’S TRANSACTIONAL FOLLIES. In Chaos Reconsidered (pp. 168-180). Columbia University Press. doi:10.7312/ali-20448-018

Spindel, J. (2023). Arms for influence? The limits of Great Power leverage. European Journal of International Security, 8(3), 395-412. doi:10.1017/eis.2023.3

Kuo, R. C., & Spindel, J. (2022). The Unintended Consequences of Arms Embargoes. Foreign Policy Analysis, 19(1). doi:10.1093/fpa/orac030

Ralston, R., & Spindel, J. (2022). Public Attitudes Toward Diversity, Promotion, and Leadership in the US Military. ARMED FORCES & SOCIETY. doi:10.1177/0095327X221117609

Spindel, J. F., Spindel, J., Gordon, K., & Koch, J. (2022). The Effects of The COVID-19 Pandemic on Primary Prevention. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL SCIENCES, 363(2), 204-205. Retrieved from

Motta, M., Ralston, R., & Spindel, J. (2021). A Call to Arms for Climate Change? How Military Service Member Concern About Climate Change Can Inform Effective Climate Communication. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION-A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE, 15(1), 85-98. doi:10.1080/17524032.2020.1799836

Ralston, R., Motta, M., & Spindel, J. (2020). When OK is Not OK: Public Concern About White Nationalism in the U.S. Military. Armed Forces & Society, 0095327x2091839. doi:10.1177/0095327x20918394

Spindel, J., & Ralston, R. (2019). Taking Social Cohesion to Task: Perceptions of Transgender Military Inclusion and Concepts of Cohesion. Journal of Global Security Studies. doi:10.1093/jogss/ogz045

Krebs, R. R., & Spindel, J. (2018). Divided Priorities: Why and When Allies Differ Over Military Intervention. SECURITY STUDIES, 27(4), 575-606. doi:10.1080/09636412.2018.1483609

Most Cited Publications